Teacher Licensure and Certification


To ensure quality arts experiences for all of our students, there is a continued pursuit to hire qualified teachers. The state statutes address this specifically in the rules noted below. Current laws and administrative rules for teacher certification are also contained in PI 3 and PI 4 at the teacher licensing site.

Standard J. Each school district shall: Ensure that instruction in elementary and high schools in health, physical education, art, and music, is provided by qualified teachers.

Rule PI 8.01(2)(j)(3)
“Art instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed art teacher. Art instruction shall be available to all pupils in grades 7 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed art teacher.”

Rule PI 8.01(2)(j)(4)
“Music instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed music teacher. Music instruction including general music, vocal music, and instrumental music shall be available to all pupils in grades 7-12 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher.”

Specific license codes for arts areas are as follows:

  • Art teacher certificate- 550 license
  • Dance teacher certificate- 536 license for dance course; 530 license allows for instruction of a unit of dance within a physical education course.
  • Music teacher certificates:
  • 500 Music (all) (for program completed before 1982)
  • 505 Music (instrumental)
  • 506 Instrumental Music
  • 510 Music (vocal)
  • 511 Choral Music
  • Theater teacher certificate- 325 license

The following sites are available to review licensing information and or in renewal processes:
 


For further information about Fine Arts and Creativity Education in Wisconsin, please follow the links available. If you have any questions or wish to share your ideas about arts and creativity education, please contact the Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant, Julie Palkowski (608) 261-7494.